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Iconic Taj Mahal Dissappears Beneath Poisonous Smog

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India’s Taj Mahal has been a magnificent host and attraction for tens of millions of people from around the world, who come around the world to feast their eyes on its magnificence.

Unfortunately, its attraction has taken a turn for the worse as a thick layer of smog has blanketed it along with much of northern India after the country celebrated Diwali. The smog has been classified as hazardous by health organisations, and up till now, there have been no signs of the situation getting better.

Below are some of the pictures of people who visited the Taj Mahal over the weekend and suffered from the smog engulfing the monument and reducing their tour’s experience.

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A photo posted by Eyrún Andrésdóttir (@eeyrun) on Nov 6, 2016 at 1:47am PST

Smog Over Wonder Taj Mahal!! Alarming situation!! Delhi Smog similar to 1952 London Smog. #tajmahal #delhismog

A photo posted by Sandeepbailotia (??????) (@sandeepyadu) on Nov 6, 2016 at 9:25am PST

#tajmahal #india #moresmogthanla

A photo posted by Randy Dormans (@randor46) on Nov 6, 2016 at 11:03am PST

#tajmahal #india #arch

A photo posted by Brenda Ale Freeman (@arqfreeman) on Nov 6, 2016 at 12:30pm PST

#tajmahal #princessdianabench #monumentoflove #dearfuturehusband #beforethecrowd #mistymorning #agra #india

A photo posted by Stephanie ?? (@stepheebs) on Nov 6, 2016 at 8:03pm PST

When the sun looks like the moon #tajmahal #foggymorning

A photo posted by Srujan Bokka (@srujantg) on Nov 6, 2016 at 10:08pm PST

A bit of fog this morning in Agra. #tajmahal #india #honeymoon #trippyowl

A photo posted by Ben (@monsieuralbert) on Nov 6, 2016 at 3:12am PST

India’s wave of smog has been pinned on a practice called crop burning in a recent report by NASA. It’s capital, New Delhi, has been one of the most affected areas.

The situation has deteriorated to such a level that on Sunday, the Delhi government declared “emergency situation” in the state after consecutive days of severe air quality. Still, the air quality is static at a dangerous 900 AQI PM2.5 level, more than 15 times the safe limit set by the government.

Life in India’s capital has been affected severely, with over 1,800 schools shut down and all construction work suspended. Many experts are comparing the situation with a very similar one in London in 1952 which killed roughly 4,000 people.

Have you been affected by the smog?

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